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    CHAPTER 3PROVIDING CLASS II, III PACKAGED, AND IV SUPPLIES

    Section IMANAGEMENT

    ISSUE CONTROLSBecause of high cost and the possibility of unfore-seen demands, Class IV items (and some Class II)may be placed under controls not applied to otherclasses of supply. These controls include selec-tive stockage and command approval of itemsbefore they are issued.

    Selective StockageThe MMC selects the type and amount of items tobe stocked at supply points. As a rule, these itemsare stocked only after they have been requested aset number of times in a given period. This pre-vents large inventories that would impede mobility.

    Command ApprovalIssues must often be controlled if items in shortsupply are to be on hand for priority requests.Expensive, highly technical, or scarce items areoften placed on regulated or command-controlledlists. Items on these lists are critical to a localcommand for an indefinite period. Division com-manders may compose a list of command-controlleditems critical to their command. Command ap-proval is required before an item on this list can beissued. Requests for the item must be sent throughchannels to the commander who made the list. DAprints the lists, and only the commander whoinitiated the list may take an item off the list.

    MOBILITY CONSTRAINTSThere are specific mobility requirements that ap-ply to DSUs and their subordinate elements. TheASL mobility index is the percentage of the totalcube of essential stocks that can be transported inone lift with transportation assets that are organicto the DSU. Mobility requirements are in AR 710-2.All ASL items that can be stored in bins must betruck- or van-mounted. DSU forward elements

    supporting a brigade (maintenance company orsupply company, FSB) must be able to move 90percent of their ASL items within 30 minutes andthe remainder within 4 hours. All DSU elementssupporting division or large combat units must be50 percent mobile in one lift and must be able tomove the remainder of their ASL by shuttle. Weightand cube data are listed on the AMDF and can beprovided by ADP equipment. If corps transporta-tion assets are not dedicated, DSUs need to re-quest transportation from their battalion. Requestswould then be passed from the DISCOM MCO tothe COSCOM MCO. He coordinates with theDTO who then coordinates with the COSCOMMCT or MCC.

    CLOTHING AND TEXTILEREPAIR CONSTRAINTS

    The decision on whether or not to repair a clothingor a textile item is based on the total cost to repairthat item. For personal clothing items to be eco-nomically reparable, the cost of repair must not bemore than 35 percent of the cost of the item. Fortextile items, the cost to repair the item must notexceed 65 percent of the cost of the item. Therepair cost includes labor, materials, transporta-tion, and overhead. The theater commander mayneed to publish a repair policy that would relaxthese repair limitations for critical items and itemsin short supply.

    PROCUREMENTMost secondary items are procured with stockfunds. A MAT CAT code enables the requisitionerto know if funds are required to requisition theitem. It also identifies the type of funds used toprocure the item locally. A requisition for stock-funded or OMA-funded items requires that the

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    requester have OMA funds and the requisitioner item is procurement appropriation-financed. Thishave either OMA funds or stock fund obligation means that it is generally a free issue. The thirdauthority available. An alphabetic character in the position of the code shows whether an item issecond position of the MAT CAT indicates that an reparable or nonreparable.

    Section IICLASS II SUPPLY REQUIREMENTS

    CLOTHING, INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT,TENTAGE, AND ADMINISTRATIVE AND

    HOUSEKEEPING SUPPLIESThere are over 100,000 Class II items listed in theAMDF. Class II items include clothing, indi-vidual equipment, tentage, organizational tool setsand kits, hand tools, and administrative and house-keeping supplies and equipment. Parkas, combatboots, general-purpose tents, general mechanictool sets, hammers, file cabinets, and paper towelsare examples of each type. Class II also includesNBC-related items. Class II subclasses are identi-fied in Appendix B. The Defense Personnel Sup-port Center procures and manages most of theClass II clothing and individual equipment usedby the Army.

    Authorized Clothing AllowancesCTAs 50-900, 50-909, and 50-970 list basis ofissue allowances for Class II items. Clothing al-lowances for contingency plans and mobilizationmust conform with that shown in the ActiveArmy-Mobilization column of CTA 50-900. Theonly exceptions to this are special issue and cloth-ing allowances authorized by special lists or move-ment orders. Mobilization clothing allowancesare mandatory. However, because of existing cli-matic conditions, commanders should use cautionin prescribing full clothing allowances through-out a given command.Discretionary allowances. An additional allow-ance may be authorized by movement orders forthe health and comfort of soldiers assigned duty incertain climatic zones. Parka liners and mitten insertsare examples of discretionary items authorized for

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    operations in cold climates. Discretionary allow-ances are listed in CTA 50-900, Appendix I. Theyare issued at the discretion of the major com-mander or major Army subcommander. The au-thority to issue discretionary items may be del-egated to subordinate commands.

    Contingency force allowances. When allowancesare considered inadequate for possible deploy-ment to a specific zone of operation, contingencyforce commanders may obtain approval from DAto modify the allowances listed in the ActiveArmy-Mobilization column of CTA 50-900. Anadditional canteen and canteen cover for hot desertareas is an example of a special allowance which maybe authorized to meet contingency force requirements.

    RequirementsRequirements for clothing and individual equip-ment are based on seven climatic zones. Thesezones are explained in CTA 50-900, Appendix D.Clothing may also be issued on the basis of MOSslisted in CTA 50-900, Appendix F. The theater orcontingency force commander or the FORSCOMor readiness command commander designates thoseitems in the Active Army-Mobilization col-umn of CTA 50-900 which are to be worn orcarried and those which are to be transported. Re-quirements for other items of Class II, such as admin-istrative supplies, are based on unit, organization, oractivity needs. CTA 50-970 lists initial issue andinitial stockage levels for expendable and durable

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    items. Replenishment quantities must be based ondemands and anticipated requirements.

    Consumption RatesIn 1987, FM 101-10-1/2 listed the consumptionrate for Class II as 3.67 pounds per person per day.The rate may vary depending on force size.

    BASIC AND OPERATIONALLOAD REQUIREMENTS

    MACOMs designate the units which must keepbasic loads of Class II supplies. Basic loads sus-tain operations in combat for a prescribed numberof days. The method for determining the stockagelevel will be prescribed. AR 710-2, Chapter 2,authorizes up to 15 days stockage of expendableCTA 50-970 Class II operational load items tosustain peacetime operations. A seven-day levelshould be enough when operational load items arealso available through an SSSC. Operational loadsupplies may be moved into combat if transporta-tion assets are available after essential lift re-quirements are met.

    Responsibility and AccountabilityThe commander is responsible for durable itemsin the basic load. Hand-receipt procedures areused to assign responsibility for durable items butare not required for expendable items. Propertybook accountability is not required for durableand expendable Class II basic load items.

    ReplenishmentBasic load items must be on hand or on order at alltimes. Replenish these items as they are used.

    RecordsThough property book records are not kept forClass II durable and expendable items, maintainrecords of demands for basic load items. Docu-ment registers must also be kept, but post only thedocument number, description, quantity, and date.

    Load ListA list of Class II basic load items must be on fileat the using unit. Give a copy of the initial list tothe SSA. Give list changes to the SSA after thefirst and every other periodic review. Prepare anew list for the using commanders approval, and

    send it to the SSA after the second and every otherperiodic review.

    INVENTORY REQUIREMENTSAR 710-2, Chapter 2, requires that all items beinventoried at least annually. Inventory Class IIbasic load items during the regular review period.Inventory durable items in Class II operationalloads annually or upon change of responsibility. Inven-tory components when the end item is inventoried.

    Property Book ItemsAccount for Class II items on property books.Account for items in the authorized column ofauthorization documents when the quantity in therequired column is less than that authorized. Ac-count for CTA 50-900 items (except insignia andinitial and supplemental clothing issued accord-ing to AR 700-84). Account for CTA 50-909 itemsand on-hand or on-request nonexpendable specialtools and test equipment authorized by an MTOE,a TDA, a JTA, or a CTA and which are listed in aTM or which are not separately type-classified.AR 710-2 requires that property book items beinventoried--

    Upon receipt. (The receiving person must con-duct a complete inventory.)

    Prior to being turned in.When issued on a hand receipt. (The receiving

    person must conduct a complete inventory.)Upon change of responsible officer.Upon change of PBO.When directed by the commander.During the required annual property book in-

    ventory.During the annual responsible officer inven-

    tory.When property books are kept at other than the usingunit level, t